No one could fault the
They gave a proven team all they could handle and had a much better showing than recent lopsided losses to the Lightning.
It won't count for anything in the standings, though, after a 2-1 loss Wednesday. The Ducks got knocked back again in their fourth attempt at winning back-to-back games since they last did so Nov. 7.
Here's what we learned:
Taking positives from losses doesn’t mean much. Ducks Coach
"In the end, we've got to come up with a win," Boudreau said. "It seems to be eluding us on a regular basis. We can talk about how good we're playing against good teams and doing the right things, but I think the two points are most necessary at this point."
Not much more could have been asked of
There could be some decision-making with the goalies soon. John Gibson has played well in five games since his recall, enough to justify keeping him in net even though No.1
Boudreau didn't say if Andersen would return Friday against San Jose. He has been practicing for several days in his recovery from flu.
The Ducks are carrying three goalies in Gibson, Andersen and
They could send Gibson back to the San Diego Gulls because his contract allows them to do so without subjecting him to waivers, but his play has made it difficult to justify.
They could explore a trade of Khudobin or put him on waivers, although that would seem a last-resort move.